We're always told to get our eight hours of sleep to stay healthy, but how important is it? Recent studies by researchers at UC Irvine suggest that getting good deep sleep may help reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's affects up to 5.4 million Americans and these numbers are likely to increase. As a result, research has shifted from treatment towards prevention. Dr. Krikorian from the University of Cincinnati Academic Center has been studying the use of blueberries to improve cognitive performance and has found promising results.
Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is a form of dementia that results in memory loss and the decline in other cognitive functions. Scientists have recently discovered nanobodies in camels that can possibly serve as transporters to deliver medicine directly to the brains of patients suffering with Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in America; over 5 million people are living with the disease. Neurodegenerative diseases are a growing problem in today's world; as more people are living longer, these diseases are becoming more prevalent. Now more than ever, research in this area needs to be done. This is why the study conducted by Anotaux and her fellow researchers is so vital. If neurodegeneration can be better understood using European House Spiders as model organisms, we will be that much closer to developing new, better, more affordable treatments for these diseases.